rep·li·ca | \ˈre-pli-kə \

Definition of replica 

1 : an exact reproduction (as of a painting) executed by the original artist a replica of this was painted … this year— Constance Strachey

2 : a copy exact in all details DNA makes a replica of itself sailed a replica of the Viking ship broadly : copy this faithful, pathetic replica of a Midwestern suburb — G. F. Kennan

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reproduction, duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another. reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing. reproductions from the museum's furniture collection duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing. a duplicate of a house key copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically. printed 1000 copies of the lithograph facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale. a facsimile of a rare book replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details a replica of the Mayflower but not always in the same scale. miniature replicas of classic cars

Examples of replica in a Sentence

We toured a replica of the ship. It's an authentic replica of an ancient Greek urn.

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Each is a replica of the last, a humming absence spinning into the ether. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018 Louis wore the same christening gown used by his siblings — a lace and satin robe made by the queen's dresser, Angela Kelly, that is a replica of an 1841 robe made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter. Nardine Saad,, "Britain's Prince Louis is christened in London," 9 July 2018 The garment is a replica of a dress made for Queen Victoria's oldest daughter in 1841. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Here's the Special Meaning Behind Prince Louis' Christening Date," 8 July 2018 With both Latin and Cyrillic letters painted on its keys, the monument is a replica of a classic IBM keyboard, about 30 times larger than the original. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "Move Over, Lenin: Make Room for the Computer Keyboard," 3 July 2018 The canoe is a replica of ones made with birch bark by Native Americans who traversed the same waters hundreds of years ago that Lake County residents travel today. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "DNR hosts free events for public to explore Lake Michigan Water Trail," 1 July 2018 The Little Chapel of the Roses, opened in 1925, is a replica of Victorian poet Alfred Lord Tennyson’s chapel in England. Roger Showley,, "Bonita: Known for horses, citrus and some famous residents," 22 June 2018 The statue is a replica of the company's original logo designed in 1982. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "A 25-foot dancing hog statue now looms over Arkansas. It will light up, too," 11 June 2018 This colorful playground includes a replica of a mailboat used to deliver parcels to lake homes. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two days to explore Oconomowoc," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of replica

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for replica

Italian, repetition, from replicare to repeat, from Late Latin, from Latin, to fold back — more at reply

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English Language Learners Definition of replica

: an exact or very close copy of something


rep·li·ca | \ˈre-pli-kə \

Kids Definition of replica

: a very exact copy

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